News - Endurance
This Section posts news relative to the Endurance section such as information regarding up and coming training weekends, reports road races and what the section does socially.
Everyone surely knows of Manchester's sporting weekend with much of it televised. Sale Harriers was involved in every nook and cranny from poor old Andy Turner dropping out the 200m hurdles down Deansgate to Andy Sutcliffe vaulting high (5.25m) outside the Town Hall with coach Matt Cullen in attendance (spotted on TV); to officials like Club Chairman David Brown who again was chief starter with Fabrice Muamba setting off the 40,000 runners; to marshals who lined the route along Bridgewater way and at Sportcity for the Gt.Junior Run to the large number from aged 7 to 70 who ran their hearts out in the GMR or at Sportcity in the Gt. Junior Run.
Some of the outstanding performances of the weekend came from the club's youngster section in the Great Junior Run where we recorded three race winners among the thousands who took part. You should have seen their trophies... as big as themselves and awarded by the world's greatest runners who'd dominated the 10k race the previous day.
In the year 7/8 race, congratulations to Thomas Boyd who won superbly with Joel Stringer 3rd and with his sister Katie also a magnificent 2nd in the girls race. In the year 9/10 girl's race, Lizzie Twite won by a 'mile'. Lizzie has won several junior run trophies and in 2011 made a clean sweep of victories at Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. Among the 11/12 year olds Beth Thornton was runner-up with Francesaca Brint 5th. In the 13/15 age-group Flora Whyte was the club's 3rd superb winner and achieved a magnificent new pinnacle in her athletic career with Amber Towns 3rd.
Well done to all of them and just rewards for all their hard, committed training. If your performance in the GMR 10k is not recorded or commented on as a PB, SB or PW etc., it's either because you did not submit the information for the website or because the Great Runs result service is notoriously unhelpful apparently recording in its 'club' searches only those who've entered through 'normal' routes and not those who've entered as 'elite' 'celebrity' 'complimentary' and other routes. It's still not too late! You can belatedly submit them and this report will be updated. Among the 40000, therefore, who thronged the streets of Manchester, we had............
Tim Kennedy 35:21:
Peter Crawford 35:24:
James Ketley 35:52:
Alex Bradford 36:19:
Nicholas Whittle 36:59:
David Hirst 37:00: 1:30 mins slower than his PB at the Trafford 10kin March.
Luke Winterbottom 37:27:
Mike Ashby 37:28: Two minutes down on last year largely due to injury
Peter O'Neill 37:48:
Peter Shipley 39:06: A few seconds slower than last year's big course PB
Aiden Rafferty 39:27: Finally broke the magical 40. Great progress.
Sarah Douglas 39:47:
Robert Heggs 40:17: His 8th GMR A few seconds slower than last year's course PB of 39.52
Hayley Cavill 40:20. A further 9 seconds improvement on last year's course record and PB
Alistair Kell 40:38: A 50 second improvement on last year
Daniel Boulton 41.06:
Simon Bond 41:13: Ran last year in 46.49. With the club just 12 months and a massive PB
Helen Armitage 42:26: Had a great run after a little customisation of her borrowed running number.
Ian Mc Kinder 43:12:
Amy Regan 43:43:
Anne Chinoy 45.10: 1st GMR and superb 10min PB. Beat her husband to the line!
Grant Cuddy 46:21: A Club member about 15 years ago but not now
Jerry Smith 46:22: His 9th GMR with a PB of 40:03 from 2009
Gemma Hardiman 47:23: Did 47.17 last year
Christopher Hertzog 47:46: Did 47:41 last year
Stefan Schumacher 49:05: First 10k after 12 months lay-off from injury so quite pleased.
Louise Robbins 49:45: Carried a big pole over the distance as a pacemaker
Jenny Cordingley 50:07 Happy with that result. Felt good.
Geoff Beattie 50:45: Should have been around 47/48 minutes. Did 45.38 last year!
Fechin Mc Cormick 51:00: Disastrous! Did 23:40 in Dunham 5k two days earlier.
Dawn Holding 51:13: Just back from California & jet-lagged so a good run
Gary Mc Cullagh 52:15:
Karen Sheen 52:40: Was hoping to be much faster. Did 50:50 last year.
Mark Ferns 53:20: Has not been a club member for several years Katie Duerden 55:19:
Jenny Miles 57:11: Disappointed! Last year was her course PB of 56:21
Gaz Weatherley 58.39: 49:41 last year. Just back jet-lagged from Vegas & San Francisco
Claire Boyd 1:00.00:
Elizabeth Mather 1:01.54:
Laura Pearson 1:02.12:
Mike Hughes 1:03.09: Has not been a club member for several years
Janet Pickering 1:08.07: It's still not too late to send in a comment on your performances for the record (Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 28/05/2013 16:45
Sale harriers had two podium finishers in this year's Calderdale Way fell relay. The first podium finish was the Men's team who took the title for the first time in the clubs history. The club joins the hierarchy of esteemed fell running clubs, including Bingley, Calder Valley and Salford. The second podium finish was the mixed A team who came third in their category.
The club has always had potential to do well in major fell championships, however it's always played second fiddle to other disciplines. With the right captaincy and a bit of pestering the tide looks to be turning. The 36 runners who put their foot on the line was the strongest line up the club has ever had, and they didn't disappoint at all.
The race began on a warm and windless day at 8am when 100 teams set off from Heath rugby club in Stainland and headed west. The men's team got off to a flyer with Rob Flannery and Steve MaCarron finishing in 5th. They handed over to Carl Barber and Pistol Pete Crawford who pushed the team into second place and onto the podium, however could they hang on? They could, and Mike Hatch and Marathon Man John Mossley took the lead on leg three catching Preston easily and creating a 4 minute lead over them. The next three legs didn't relinquish this, and it was Callum 'he loves it' Rowlinson and James 'fell virgin' Wignall to bring the baton home by over 11 minutes on second place.
The club also had two mixed teams in the competition, both hopefully looking at improving on their times of last year. The mixed A ran a blinder and finished 22 minutes quicker than last year, third in their category and commanded a top 30 position overall. Highlights were the partnerships of Jan Nichols/Helen Armitage (who were first ladies home), Elton Davies/Steve Townley and Sian Holland /Sarah Douglas, all running really well. The mixed B team also improved on last year, this was highlighted when they managed to keep ahead of the mass starts unitil leg 5, whereas last year they didn't make it beyond leg 1!
The success of this year's relay is really down to the tireless efforts of coach Dave Rodgers who is beginning to see the potential of athletes from Crossford Bridge. Getting big groups coming down to sessions is beginning to pay off. Last year, the men's team finished fourth, however this year they cruised to victory by over ten minutes. Who knows where this could lead to? Hopefully victory in Wales in the Welsh Castles.
Posted 20/05/2013 09:25
The runners in the 2nd Manchester Marathon in its Trafford route
enjoyed much improved weather than those who took to the streets
last year. Sale Harriers again had a significant input either
pounding the streets or marshalling along the way. Over 16
individual participants and 3 relay teams took part many achieving
pbs or meeting targets.
Posted 08/05/2013 19:49
The club handicap race is a 4.6mile loop up to Jacksons Boat Bridge and back and runners are grouped according to a recent 5k time and set off at intervals from Crossford Bridge.
Race 1 of 2013 took place on Tuesday April 30th 2013 and had a good turnout of over 50 runners. It would probably have been more if there hadn't been so many marathons recently.
The results also include the best time if you ran last
year and a column that shows the percentage difference between
the two (a negative number is an improvement). So congratulations
Fastest Man: Mike Hatch (Mike Kilmartin retains the men's course record: 25:08)
Fastest Lady: Sian Holland (Hayley Cavill retains the women's course record: 29:43)
Most Improved Man: Simon Bond
Most negative improvement Frank Cordingley.
Most Improved Lady: Catherine Jones (although i think she was pregnant when she ran last year!)
Posted 01/05/2013 15:02
Callum Rowlinson stormed to victory in last week's Snowdonia Half Marathon. Son of club stalwarts Lynda and Gary, Callum is studying at Bangor University, and took time off to put in a little blast around the Welsh hills. His time of 1:19:01 is particularly impressive when you take in the local terrain he had due endure. To put it in context the last runner took nearly 3 ½ hours. Callums' mum Lynda came in at 1:46:23 to take the ladies vet 50 prize and Callums' younger brother Lewis kept the family tradition going, coming 3rd in the mini marathon and won a tee shirt.
Posted 01/05/2013 10:38
A RELAY BUSY WEEKEND!
All roads led to Birmingham at the weekend for the National Road Relay Championships. On Saturday, a hundred of the nation's club's from Aldershot to Woodford Green converged on Sutton Park, the traditional Mecca of the National Road Relay Championships for the 12 and 6-stage Championships for senior men and women. The championship doubled this year for the Northern Relay Championships cancelled two weeks earlier because of the unprecedented early Spring snow in Blackpool. On Sunday, it was the club's younger age-groups that entered the same national cauldron.
Sale had two senior men's teams. Going out on first leg was a recently returning from his travels James Bailey who launched the A team and Richard Edwards for the B. James brought back the team in 39th place, down on his time last year but to be expected. Richard came home in 74th which was a great effort after suffering from a heavy cold in the days leading up to the event. Making his debut on the second leg was young Ryan Moore and for the B was London marathon bound Oliver Gaillemin. Ryan ran a god leg and brought the team back in 32nd place. Oliver also ran a solid leg gaining retaining the 74th place. Out 3rd for the A, after his recent PB in Wilmslow half marathon, was Callum Rowlinson and for the B was Nigel Martin. Callum found the second half race tough, as did most with its uphill profile and into the wind, but still managed to bring the team back in 44th place. Nigel ran a solid leg picking off 3 runners and coming back in 71st place.
Out next for the A team was a returning to fitness Jamie Roden and young Kyle Conway for the B team. Jamie ran a measured leg picking up 9 places and finishing just outside 15 min. Kyle also enjoyed a solid leg coming home in 70th. Paul Green and Carl Barber were then tasked with the next long leg and although Paul stated he found it tough, he ran a leg that didn't show finishing in 36th. Carl, while put off by the wind and now light rain, ran a good leg bringing the team in 69th. After an impressive winter, Charlie Hulson was out 6th leg and Paul Barrett took on the short leg. Charlie ran an exceptional leg picking up 9 places while also running the quickest short leg from the North region. Paul, as always gave his all, and consolidated the B team in 69th at the half way stage.
Phillip Tedd and Dave Marsh took on the 7th leg, with Phillip running the second quickest long leg of the team finishing in 23rd place. Dave, who had also been suffering from illness earlier in the week, finished the leg in 70th place. 8th leg saw Gavin Hill and Peter O'Neill out round the park. This was Gavin's first race since late 2012 and his 15 minute clocking looked as though he's back to form. Locally based Peter stepped up and performed well in the deteriorating conditions, picking up 2 further places Dan Whittaker, a last minute call up to the A, was out on the next long leg, with Nicholas Whittle also competing for the B. Dan unfortunately suffered a stitch but battled through. Nicholas enjoyed a good leg coming back in 68th place. Kenyan returner Ryan Worland took the 10th leg for the A and David Rich for the B. Ryan took two places and closed a large gap to a group of runners ahead of him even if he suffered 'marathon legs' up the final hill. David ran extremely well clocking 16:39, picking up a further place making headway into the teams ahead.
Stalwart Rob Flannery went out on the final long leg with Alex Bradford (also a late call up) out for the B. Both had good runs bringing the team home in 29th and 66th respectively. Final leg duties went to BAL manager Dean Hardman and last minute step in Tim Rainey. After recovering from ankle troubles Dean was pleased with his leg only slightly slower than his time last year. Tim took it upon himself to battle the athletes around him and even provided a sprint finish for the crowds. The final position for the A team was 28th and 65th for the B team.
The results have to be put into context with a large number of athletes unavailable due to injuries and illnesses, however that said the effort put in by all the athletes that competed was second to none and we can look for another good outing when the road relay season kicks in again later this year.
Our women finished ninth in the Northern Championships. That was their best performances for several years. All had solid performances beginning from in-form Helen Armitage who launched the campaign through to promising newcomer Rachael Chambers; Cara O'Brien returning to her best, Jan Nichols who was as reliable as ever Julie Price, and Jo Street who anchored the team to ninth place their final position ranked them thirtieth nationally.
Our younger age-groups again shone. Pertinent and regularly applauded among these age-groups especially the girls is their strength, promise and potential and with a refreshing camaraderie within the group that inevitably drives competition, team loyalty and produces good results. With such strengths, a three person relay cannot do justice to the group. However, our U13 girl's finishing an 'A' and 'B' team in 10th and 11th place reflects it with only seven seconds separating both. This group has the capacity to finish even more teams in equally top positions. For the 'A' team well done to Danielle Stringer who threw down the gauntlet to get the team off to a good start; Niamh Nugent bravely ran despite not fully recovered from illness and Aine Cunningham again typically again ate up the ground to run the fifth fastest time of the day. For the 'B' team Eleanor Twite and Francesca Brint crossed the line ahead of the A team with Frankie Davis anchoring her team to the superb 11th place
Our under 15 girls also completed two teams with some of their best results in years. The trio of Aimee Pratt, Catherine Podmore and Alice Bruce were 13th and for the 'B' team Hannah Simeen, Frankie Reid and Charlie Reid ran times all within a few seconds of each other. Their 22nd place would have rewarded them with one one of the best 'A' team performances in the past decade. Likewise the boys who finished two teams! Unable to complete a team over the past five Championships, this year they finished two teams with the 'A' team of Adam Roden, Euan Gilchrist and Dylan Burchill well up in 12th and the 'B' team of Adam Kinghorn and the Spilbury twins (Adam and Jake) producing the section's best 'B' result for twenty years in 31st place.
Our under 17 girls produced their best result for a decade. Megan Davies continues to get better with ever more impressive racing. She even produced the fifth fastest leg of her age-group nationally. Irmani Modahl and Abi Fitton also had strong legs. If this group can keep working together as a team, there could be exciting times ahead for them.
Finally, congratulations and good luck to those selected to represent the North-West of England in the National Road Race championships that's part of the London mini-Marathon at the weekend. Megan Davies competes against teams from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and eight other regions in the U17's race and in the U13 girl's race, the club provides 50% of the team with Aine Cunningham, Niamh Nugent and Danielle Stringer.
(Produced by James Bailey and Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 24/04/2013 14:04
They prepared meticulously; battled fiercely and triumphed magnificently! That's the story of the 12 'foot soldiers' who took on sport's toughest challenge to the human spirit that's the 26 mile 285 yards Marathon. Training that began in earnest last October; meticulously built with increasingly mileage through the dull, dark, damp wintry days; periodically benchmarked with half-marathons in January and March; peaked with a 20-miler in the final weeks, culminated in the Metropolis amidst mile after mile of adulating applause. A nation of couch potatoes in front of the TV (including me!) remembered and admired from early morning. The 33rd London Marathon was, indeed, as great as it's ever been but this year tinged with sadness from the awful atrocities of the Boston bombings.
Forgive harping to former days but this 2013 Marathon was the 30th anniversary of several club PB's It was my own 'rather disappointing' PB of 2:27.30...... despite chasing world record holder Greta Waitz in the final miles to her world record. So 'gutted' was I not to have done a couple of minutes faster, I even refused to buy the official finish photo for several years but to-day it's proudly displayed and reminds me of some younger, faster days. Other Sale Harriers PB's that year were Eric Williams (18th in 2:18.54), Terry Lonergan (200th in 2:25.36) and Kath Binns (8th lady in 2:28.11).
This year on 3rd June, is the 40th anniversary of the club record of 2:16.24 set by Steve Edmunds in the 1973 Manchester Marathon. Don't you think we should celebrate such a magnificent long-standing record?
Good luck to all those in this weekend's Manchester marathon. We hope you exceed your expectations. Over one hundred are marshalling the course so cheer and clap yourselves hoarse!
Those who did so well on Sunday were:
John Moseley 2:38.14 "A 14 minute PB from last year. A massive big thank you to Kev (Mahon) who gave me his Garmin. I had forgotten mine; he felt injured and swapped me for a Casio from the 1980s I bought from a spectator right before the race! This gesture not only gave me an advantage but is a testament to the generosity of Kevin"
Andy Walling 2:47.01:"It was my first London, but have done two Snowdon's. It was an amazing experience. I have run at some smaller track internationals (many years ago) but the atmosphere all the way round was incredible. Finishing was also really emotional. I have never experienced anything like it. I had a few issues with cramp in the last 6 miles which slowed me down a little, but I was really pleased overall. It was a PB so no complaints"
Steve Townley 2:48:50 It was great experience and perfect conditions compared to Manchester last year. "Well done to the other Sale runners.
Steve Mc Carron 2:48.57: "So proud". It was my 2nd London, and it was great to run well after struggling in the event last year. IPB'd by 6 minutes in the end - so very happy with that!
Olivier Gaillemin 2:50.17: "My 12th marathon and 4th London. In ideal weather, I was spurred on by the best crowd I have yet witnessed (including New York). I managed a 6 minute PB of 2:50:17 (2:56:23 Amsterdam 2011) and a 7 minute PB on last year's London. I couldn't quite hold it until the end (those pesky 18 seconds!!!) but very pleased nonetheless and know what is required to push on from here. Fantastic support from Sale along the course: thanks to all".
Peter Shipley 3.15.00: "A massive PB from my previous attempt of 4.25.59 in Prague 2010! The atmosphere was incredible and really kept me going when it got tough towards the end. I thought I'd blown the 3.15 mark but just about managed to pull it off with a 'sprint' finish up the mall"
Rachael Cavanagh 3:37.38 "My 4th marathon and a 14 min PB from Manchester last year. Amazing atmosphere, great support and brilliant finish through the mall. Perfect conditions. My shins played up a bit but very happy".
Stephen Pottage 3:15.46. Six minutes slower than in the Manchester marathon. London really was the most amazing and memorable experience. London was my third marathon but my PB of 3:09:58 was Manchester last year.
Louise Robbins 3:27.09: "Just outside a PB Shame. Twenty six seconds slower than last year. Lovely sunny day! Great crowds. Good run to 17 miles, then it got quite tough".
Kim Wilson 3:56:10
Lauren Davies: 4.01.08 "It was my 1st marathon. Obviously the plan was to go sub 4 but I am totally happy with what I have done & I had to do an impromptu loo stop at 16 miles & after that I struggled to get going again & then the last 10K was very tough! Amazing though & am very pleased with my time as it's my first one so very happy"
Posted 24/04/2013 14:04
24 Sale Harriers finished the annual 'Round The Runway' 5 mile race on Thursday 18th April proving to be a very popular event. The club managed 9 in the top 20 and easily took the mens team prize consisting of Rob Flannery, Nigel Martin and Dave Marsh. The ladies just missed out on 3rd team by a few points, maybe next time.
Full results can be found on http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2013/index.php
Posted 24/04/2013 09:04
It wasn't a Salford Church the crowds had gathered in on Good Friday morning but a street corner near a Salford leisure centre and in thirty minutes rather than three days, the assembled had witnessed 'with their own eyes' running's version of the Easter Triduum that begins with suffering and ends in resurrection. Over 10k of the region's flats roads, pained grimaces carved in maximum effort became excited 'exultets' across the finish line in animated conversation as several savored the elixir of life and immortality that's PB performances. To cap it further, our seasoned 'girls' Helen, Louise and Cat won 2nd veteran's team. As in the Scriptural Resurrection, there was much discussion along the Road to Emmaus and likewise up the M6 as many made then their way for a weekend of training and frolics in the Lake District.
Richard Edwards 34.55 Just 13 secs short of last years PB in Salford 10k.
Andy Walling 34.59 PB of 32.27 goes back to Salford 10k 2005.
Carl Barber 35.06 A PB by 4 secs & 40 secs faster than Trafford 10k.
Mark Brewer 36:08: Almost 30 second PB on last April's Bolton 10k
Kevin Foster 38.42: Ninety seconds down on PB in Southport 10 (Feb '12)
Kevin Mahon 39:44: Sixty-five seconds down on PB in We Love M/C 10k (June 12)
Robbie Greenslade 40:56:
Helen Armitage 41.07: Just seconds short of fastest 10km in 17 years - 4 days after a HM
Emma Finney 41:59: Three seconds PB on Trafford 10k ten days earlier.
Jerry Smith M55 42:14: "Five days after Wilmslow legs were heavy but not surprising"
Lewis Green 44.05: A new PB from 45:27 set at Great Manchester Run 2011.
Louise Robbins L35 44:08: PB is 42:55 from Leeds Abbey Dash 2011
Gary Chadwick 46.02: Lauren Davies 46.25: Very close to PB on heavy mileage prior to 'London'
Geoff Beattie M60 49.15: Injured...so wife's debut 'scalping' does NOT count!
Cat Jones 50.21: Disappointed despite post pregnancy.
Jenny Miles M60 55.10: Post Wilmslow, 'Legs weren't having it! 2nd in L60 (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick
Posted 03/04/2013 14:52
One of the must attend events in the running calendar is the Sale Harrier Endurance section's Training Weekend. This was evident when 68 people headed up the M6 to participate in the thirtieth training weekend, held over the Easter break at, what is traditionally becoming the 'home' of the training weekend- Newlands Adventure Centre. All rooms were taken up in the newly refurbished hostel, with double pillows, new mattresses and hotter than hot showers. And what was even nicer was the distinctive Newlands smell had gone, making the long awaited return to the centre a pleasant change. With the forecast set fair, all the ingredients were in place for a great weekend.
Although the format of the weekend didn't change from previous ones, (by chance) there was a local fell race organised by Keswick AC heading up Causey Pike. For those who hadn't done the morning session, this was an opportunity to take a tough but enjoyable category 'A' fell race. 22 harriers nipped over to the village hall to collect their numbers whilst the rest of the harriers tucked into their post session delicious jacket potato and prepared for a gruelling 4.5 mile race with over 1000ft of ascent.1st home for the club was Gaz Raven who was third at the top, but couldn't sustain the heat and finished 5th overall. Other impressive runs came from Chris Donnelly (14th) and Ritchie Edwards (34th), however the standout performance came from Rachel Chambers aka 'Speedy Rachel', who, in her inaugural fell race came second lady and took home a rather fetching pink top. Jan Nichols also scooped a prize finishing second vet 40. Following the race, and back down of flat ground, all harriers headed to the village hall for a well deserved cup of tea and a slice of cake. The race was cheered on by 30 harriers scatted up the mountain making it a fantastic spectacle.Following a rather eastern European feel to tea with a variety of different cabbages to sample, the party headed to the local boozer , the Swinside, to reflect on the day's activities and to see out the rest of Saturday.
Easter Sunday dawned to clear and frosty conditions and due to
the training weekend having a close proximity to the Marathon,
there was a selection of hardy souls (Lauren Davies, Tim
Rainey, Hayley Cavill, Jerry Smith and Louise Robbins) up
early to pile on the miles with a consistent double loop of Derwent
Water. Those not doing the marathon either did one lap of the lake
or took on the Anniversary Waltz fell race which was an amazing
spectacular as the runners went beyond the snowline to experience
some spectacular views of the lakes on a crystal clear day. Due to
the snow on the top of Dale Head, Carl Barber
demonstrated to the rest of the group how to descend ski style (on
his bum!).Sunday afternoon was consumed by an impressive
orienteering Easter Egg hunt designed by Mike
Whaton (thanks Mike!), which was enjoyed by all,
particularly the families who attended. As the sun set and the
mercury began to fall back to Zero, the weekend ended with a BBQ
back at Newlands. Sausages, chicken and homemade burgers were on
offer with a couple of cheeky donuts to finish things off. However
the highlights of the evening were yet to come! Firstly, team
'Man in a Bag' won the quiz then Andy
Mooney picked up a guitar and premiered the Fechin song
which had everyone doubled over in hysterics. Finally, Dave
Marsh rounded up the evening with some 'interesting'
dancing, which for those who were present won't forget in a
Posted 02/04/2013 12:52